General Motors Company
Langley (Vancouver) Parts Distribution Centre
Langley, British Columbia, Canada
Certified Gold through 2022
Invasive Species Removal
Invasive Species Coordinated Approaches
About the Program
The General Motors Company Langley Parts and Distribution Centre is located in Vancouver, BC. The property lies about 4 miles south of the Fraser River and about 16 miles northeast of the Strait of Georgia. General Motors is dedicated to conservation and education through employee involvement and community partnerships. Langley Parts and Distribution Center includes a managed wet meadow and pollinator garden, which are monitored for plant diversity and for use by pollinators and wildlife. In addition, this site participates in two education programs that focus on conservation through hands-on learning. One program is a site-based one, in which employees are encouraged to observe, monitor and submit wildlife sightings. Another connects middle and secondary school students and teachers to their local environment while learning about watersheds in which they live through hands on, inquiry-based projects.
Practices and Impacts
- The team manages an on-site wet meadow grassland to attract and support local wildlife. The wet meadow is made up of over 50% native species, including salmonberry, common horsetail and back cottonwood. A detailed strategic plan was created to rid the area of invasive species, such as reed-canary grass and Canada thistle.
- Plant survival in the established pollinator garden is reviewed annually and plants are replaced as needed.
- GM-Langley Parts Distribution Centre partnered with Sardis Children's Centre to design and build birdhouses that were later installed on the site by employees. The boxes are monitored annually. The team manages the site for yellow-breasted chat, western meadowlark, red-winged blackbird, yellow-headed blackbird and black-capped chickadee.
- GM-GREEN and partners Earth Force and LEPS (which are both nonprofit environmental education organizations) worked with schools throughout Canada and the U.S. to educate teachers and students about the significance of the watersheds in which they live. Surveys indicate that students had an increased understanding of watersheds and their significance once the projects were complete.
- On-site employees have been through training to help monitor wildlife on the property managed habitats. The team set up a self-service monitoring table with all needed information and material to make informal wildlife observations and then document their sightings. All turned in observations are added to a spreadsheet, providing a year-round opportunity for employees to participate in citizen science. By participating in this monitoring program, staff become increasingly aware and appreciative of conservation and wildlife needs.
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